Brendan Rodgers could return to the Premier League with the former Liverpool manager included in four-man shortlist of Antonio Conte’s successors
Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge is far from secure and consequently, a whole host of names have been linked to the top job. The latest name to emerge is that of Celtic manager, Brendan Rodgers. The Irishman has been with the hoops since taking over from Ronny Delia in 2016. He has led Celtic to two consecutive league titles and successfully restored his reputation as a top tactician.
His first spell as a manager at a big club came with Liverpool. His Reds team came within a whisker’s distance to win their first Premier League title – thanks to Luis Suarez’s superhuman exploits in front of goal. The following two seasons were nothing like that, however, and he was sacked in October 2015.
Now, Express is reporting that he is on a four-man shortlist of Antonio Conte’s replacement. Notably, he managed Chelsea’s youth team at the beginning of the Abramovich era from 2004 to 2008.
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is reportedly on a four-man short list as Antonio Conte's replacement at Chelsea.
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Rodgers is joined on that shortlist by Luis Enrique. The Spaniard remains the favourite to take the helm at Chelsea. The Italian duo of Massimiliano Allegri and Maurizio Sarri round off the list.
Allegri publicly stated that he is looking to bring an end to his Italian adventure and manage abroad. Sarri, on the other hand, has been negotiating a new contract with Napoli, the talks, however, are not going as smoothly as expected. Enrique is on a year-long sabbatical after managing Barcelona for three seasons – winning the treble in his second campaign. Thus, the appointment of either of these shortlisted managers remains a realistic possibility for the Blues’ hierarchy.
Chelsea’s hunt for a new manager continues. Conte is no longer a fan favourite, following a run of disappointing results in 2018. His departure hence would not be as acronymous as expected. As far as his replacement is concerned, I feel Allegri will be the best choice because of his adaptability and ability to work with budget constraints.